The past week on the blog we’ve taken a closer look at Cuba. If you missed them, check out our posts on tours to Cuba and the unique Cuba cruise. But before you disembark, why not venturing into the rich literary landscape of Cuban novels, memoirs, and other great portraits:
Cirilo Villaverde. Cecilia Valdes. A novel featuring racial relations in the 19th century. The story is about a mulatto who is the illegitimate daughter of a powerful landowner, and who tragically falls in love with her own half-brother.
Mirta Yanez. Cubana: Contemporary Fiction by Cuban Women. An 16-story anthology of women’s fiction published in 1996.
Isadora Tattlin. Cuba Diaries: An American Housewife in Havana. The detailed account of Tattlin’s life as an immigrant to Cuba in the early 1990s.
Tom Miiler. Trading with the Enemy: A Yankee Travels through Castro’s Cuba. An amusing tale of Miller’s eight months in Cuba as he mingles with citizens, and his and their take on the cultural contradictions in the country.
Fidel Castro. Che: A Memoir. The extraordinary account of Castro’s partnership with the revolutionary figure Che Guevara.
Ernest Hemingway. A Moveable Feast, For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea. Hemingway completed these three books during his sojourn in Havana. Although only the latter takes place in Cuba, all are essential reading for any lovers of literature.
Carlos Eire. Waiting for Snow in Havana. In 1962 Eire was one of 14,000 children exiled from Cuba. This book is Eire’s account of his lost childhood in Cuba and his reflections as an adult.
Patrick Symmes. The Boys from Dolores. The story of Castro’s classmates, who represent the pre-war elite of old Cuba and were eventually exiled into the shadows of history.
Marifeli Perez-Stable. The Cuban Revolution: Origins, Course and Legacy. An thorough examination of the revolution in a historical context.
Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb. Violet Isle. A vibrant portrait of Cuba’s urban and rural landscapes.
Reina María Rodriguez. Violet Island and Other Poems. A collection of contemporary, experimental poetics from one of Cuban’s most exceptional Cuban writers.